| Alexandra James posted: "The state of Victoria, in Australia, is moving forward with a new law that is meant to protect victims of child sex abuse, including when such incidents happen within a religious setting. According to the "Reportable Conduct Scheme" that has just been ena" |
Australian State of Victoria! New Dept and laws to protect children
On 1 January 2017 new laws also came into force in the state of Victoria, Australia, that require organizations to adopt and comply with new Child Safe Standards. This applies to government organizations and government funded organizations. The mandatory reporting aspect comes into force on 1 July 2017 (today) to align with the above mentioned new laws.
There was alot of campaigning and government inquiries and reports to get these changes implimented. Every step of the way special attention was made to ensure religious organizations, including the JWs and Watchtower, did not escape legislative control. The failures of the JWs and the governing body were constantly presented to legislators, including their failure to comply with mandatory working with children laws for a full three years (July 2008 - June 2011) until they were all charged with a total of 35 criminal offences in five separate cases and then prosecuted in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria between July 2011 and February 2012. Many people worked tirelessly to make sure the JWs and Watchtower had no room to escape these new laws and compliance. During this entire period of time Watchtower continually restructured its organizational and business model in Australia but to no avail.
On 1 January 2018 the new laws commence application within religious and non-government organizations. There is no escape for any organization, especially the JWs and Watchtower.
well done everyone.
That is bloody good news for all concerned and especially to Steven Unthank for his tireless work in making the JW`s /WT religion accountable for their negligence and failure to protect the children of sexual abuse in their congregations and by extension the wider community.
Copy of the above has been sent to the Inquiry being held in UK.
I've put this on a YouTube video... Helping to spread the word...
I`m a little surprised this news hasnt generated more positive comment ?
Isnt this news a big step in the right direction ? worthy of a celebration?
By the way, there are 2 current inquiry's in the UK that are investigating Jehovah's Witnesses...
IICSA ~ Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
Charity Commission for England and Wales
No doubt, this has already been passed on to both of them...
Thank you again... I only saw this because I came here... I need to go on jwvictims.org
more often ;-)
Yes smiddy, absolutely!
This is real progress...wonderful news :-)!
I'm hopeful and confident that other countries will do likewise...
smiddy. yes I am oft disappointed at the mere modicum of interest shown in this matter.
The news out of Italy is stupendous that they want to see ......reforms...